String of electrical fires in downtown Minot cause power outages

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Downtown Minot Fire | Courtesy: Rhonda Cook

Blown transformers caused a string of fires in downtown Minot Friday afternoon.

Minot Fire Chief Kelli Kronschnabel says at least two transformers blew within about a half-mile stretch. Businesses in the area were evacuated immediately.

The fire began at about 2 p.m. across the street from Ebeneezer’s on Central Avenue. Some spectators say power was out in the area for about 45 minutes, while others say they have no power as of 3 p.m.

Crews will be there for “quite a while” according to Kronschnabel, and the intersection at Central Avenue and 3rd Street will remain closed as an electric pole is compromised and must be monitored.

Canadian-Pacific train traffic was also stopped as a powerline is down there, as well.

Minot Fire and Police Departments, SRT, Public Works and Xcel Energy are all on scene.

No injuries were reported.

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